Hamilton, Ontario~being a vegan for 7+ months now. There are meetup groups around Toronto that you can go. Have been to Toronto Vegan/Animal Right and Conscious Eating Niagara meetup events before; they had potlucks, and you get to learn and taste many different recipes. It's a good way to support your vegan diet.
Ottawa Ontario here. I just started flirting with being a vegan. I hvae been a vegetarian for years. Ottawa has some good places. Not a lot but the coupld I go to are pretty good. My husband is a meat eater but lactose intolerance so the dairy part is easy. Cheese is going ot be the hardest. I don't like the alternative but I spend most night juciing because I am never home to eat right. I seem to be able to get teh nutriets I am missign that way. I do take protein shakes (Vega) after working out.
I'm from Ontario too. I've been vegan about 17 yrs now and even though my switch was immediate ("cold turkey" if you will), I can relate to how others will find it difficult. As for you having to give up/miss cheese and milk, there are alternatives. Milk -- lot of soy milk brands, almond milk, rice milk, hemp, flax etc that are really good tasting too. There are coffee creamers too. We love the dark chocolate almond and also there is a Mint Chocolate soy that is really good for hot chocolate. Around the holidays there is soynog too, my wife says it is delicious! I agree.
As for cheese, luckily we found Daiya cheese; it is shredded, tastes great, cheddar and mozz, and melts nicely and stretches like pizza cheese.
Your switch may pose some dilemmas to conquer, but you will be happier and will look back and be glad you persevered.
Hi Vegans! From Vancouver Island, been vegan 3 years this April! Have lost 83 lbs so far and reduced my diabetes medication drastically. Secret stay away from oils,and fats of all kinds! Not healthy! Read Dr Neal Barnard and watch Forks over Knives for encouregment. Also the DVD Got Milk for those struggling to get off dairy!
Hello! I'm Beth from Burlington, Ontario. I've been a vegan for 2 months now and have never looked back. I feel great and really love that making an impact in decreasing animal cruelty. It's been tough, as none of my friends are vegan and I'd really like to meet people locally who enjoy vegan eats and also care about the same things as I do in terms of ethical reasons. Luckily there's 2 vegan resturants in my area as well as a bakery and some local health food stores that have a nice selection of vegan friendly foods to choose from. In terms of staying vegan, I know I won't ever go back to the way I used to eat. I'm strongly motivated for compassion reasons but with how much better I feel just in the two months I've been doing this it goes to show how vegan really is the best way to nourish your body! I'd love to meet new people who I can share veganism with and am hoping to connect with some via this site.
Hell, I'm from Toronto, going on 2 months being a vegan, I'm so glad I found this site, it helps as I know absolutely not one person who is either vegitarian or vegan so to say I find it challanging is an understatment!!!!! I made the choice for health reasons, I am a T2 Diabetic but it is becoming an ethical choice for me now, I saw the movie Earthlings and made the connection, life changing movie! I look forward to learning so much from this forum.
Hi I'm from Ontario as well. I live outside of Toronto. Unless you go into the city there are not many vegan options and its so frustrating. I wish somebody would open a vegan bakery or restaurant. It would be nice to see more vegan options at places like starbucks and other coffee shops. The social aspect of becoming a vegan is one of the hardest things and slowing down the process of becoming fully vegan. I've been leaning into it slowly and have cut out meat and dairy, however I still eat fish at the moment. I'm slowly getting there. It's just frustrating when I go out with friends and the only thing I can have is a tea:(